stitch mountain coverI’m thrilled to have a pattern, Striped Flip Top Mittens, in Stitch Mountain by Laura Zander!

The book has a variety of patterns (30!) ranging from accessories to sweaters.

My favorites include Sally Melville’s Podium Pullover (love the zippers and fit) and Rachel Roden’s Twisted Stitch Mitts (they look like ski tracks!).

My guidelines from skier Michelle Parker were straightforward:  flip top mitts and color.

flip top mittsColor-wise, I chose cream, blue and green, and went for a retro vibe with stripes.  I think they fit in perfectly with the feel of the book!

The mitts feature a comfortable fit, with an offset thumb gusset.  The ribbed cuff has a knit round at each color change to avoid pesky purl bumps in the ‘wrong’ color.  The flip top is started by picking up stitches along the back of the mitt as well as casting on the remainder of the needed stitches.

From Michelle’s bio:

Professional skier and slopestyle champ Michelle Parker never trains. Sure, she skis as much as humanly possible and works on getting better at her sport every day. But, she says, “I never use the word ‘training’ when it comes to skiing.”

What does Michelle like to do on skis? “My ultimate goal is to put together a super well-rounded part in a ski movie, with big mountain lines, backcountry jumps, park jumps, and rails.”

When not skiing Michele likes to hike, mountain bike, explore, camp, learn, and be with family and friends. Michele is totally into fingerless gloves and finds these, with lots of color and a foldover mitten top, “so rad!”

A percentage of proceeds from the book sales goes to the Stitch Mountain campaign.

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